Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The NYT reports that President Obama ordered a halt to military tribunal prosecutions of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The move is part of the new administration's plan to close the detention facility, but there's no word as to what the administration will do with the remaning detainees.
Notice of the decision came in a legal filing in Guantanamo by military prosecutors just before midnight Tuesday. The decision, which had been expected as part of Mr. Obama’s pledge to close the detention camp, was described as a pause in all war-crimes proceedings there so that the new administration can evaluate how to proceed with prosecutions.
We'll keep our eye out for any executive orders--none has been issued so far, to our knowledge--and any other developments at Guantanamo.